It is rumored that iOS 16 will no longer support the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the first generation iPhone SELF

It is rumored that iOS 16 will no longer support the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the first generation iPhone SELF

The iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad (fifth-generation), and the 2015 iPad Pro devices are believed to be incompatible with iPadOS 16.

Apple will begin internally focusing on the next major update, iOS 16, once the new year begins and iOS 15.2 is launched. Apple plans to discontinue support for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the original iPhone SE.

Highlights

  • Assuming that iPhonesoft is correct with today’s reporting, that would mean that iOS 16 would require an A10 chip as the minimum spec to be able to get the latest features.

  • Nothing is official, of course, until Apple introduces iOS 16 at WWDC 2022. iPhonesoft, on the other hand, has properly reported the device matrix for iOS 13 and iOS 14 ahead of time. Last year, the newspaper said incorrectly that the iPhone 6s and original SE would not be able to update to iOS 15. After then, iOS 15 would support all of the same device models as iOS 14.

Apple has also laid out plans to continue to support both the current and previous major versions of iOS with critical security patches, further extending the usable life of older models. For example, right now, customers can choose to stick to iOS 14 rather than updating to iOS 15. Assuming Apple sticks to its promises, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE customers will continue to receive iOS 15 security updates for several years after iOS 16 is released in the fall of 2022.

Nevertheless, this still represents an incredibly long lifespan of new features and bug fixes for Apple’s phones. The iPhone 6s and iPhone SE supposedly being dropped were first released in late 2015 and early 2016 respectively, meaning they will have received more than six years of regular software updates. The newest device set to be dropped from the software update roadmap is the iPad mini 4, and even that product will be more than five years old by the time iOS 16 ships.

It’s still too early in the rumor cycle though to have any idea about what new features to expect from iOS 16. Credible rumors around forthcoming iOS software features usually begin to surface in the spring.